In this episode of The West Wing Podcast, Maggie and Anne-Sophie talk about the 20th Episode of Season 1 called Mandatory Minimus.
A newly energized President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) bucks tradition and throws down the gauntlet when he names two campaign finance reformers to the Federal Election Commission despite threats from his political opponents to introduce embarrassing legislation that would dare him not to sign. But the President wants to go further and floats a controversial new drug enforcement policy. In the meantime, the early reactions to his first announcement are not encouraging, especially from top-notch pollster Al Kiefer (John de Lancie) who is hired to take the public’s “temperature”. Kiefer’s arrival means his attractive cohort, Joey Lucas (Marlee Matlin), accompanies him, and she again draws a smitten Josh’s (Bradley Whitford) attention. Toby (Richard Schiff) agrees to seek out his ex-wife (Kathleen York), a breezy congresswoman, to gauge her response to any future narcotics legislation that would emphasize prevention over enforcement. Leo (John Spencer) — uncomfortably aware of his own brush with drugs — agrees to be the Chief Executive’s front man for positioning the high-voltage issue of revising the drug laws.
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